Photoshop Tutorial: Plastic embossed effect artwork

In thisĀ Adobe Photoshop tutorial we will create an embossed artwork effect usually used for creating stickers and wall art for kids in their rooms. For this tutorial we will be requiring a free font from the www.actionfonts.com website.

Step 1: Create background.

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Create a new file with the following settings, and fill the background with a gradient. Next go up to the Filter menu, select the filter gallery, and in texture settings select the “Texturizer” effect with the following settings to give the rough wall effect.

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Step 2: Create text layers.

Create a text layer and place your text in the center of the image. We will use black text for this effect to start with. We have used the “Eacologica Round Slab” font available from the action fonts website on the following link. http://www.actionfonts.com/details/EacologicaRoundSlab

Step 3: Duplicate and stroke.

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Duplicate the text layer by right-click on it, select “Duplicate Layer”, and name the layer as “stroke”.

Now double-click on the stroke layer to open the Layer style dialogue box and select the “Stroke” effect with the settings given below. Create the stroke in your text to an extent where there are no gaps in between the alphabets at all.

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Step 4: Convert to smart object.

Right-click on both the Text and Stroke layer and convert them to smart objects. Duplicate both the layers so we have 2 text layers and 2 stroke layers. Now change the fill settings on both duplicated layers to zero.

Arrange the layers to the order displayed below.

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Step 5: Applying layer styles to different layers.

Stroke Layer: Apply Bevel and emboss, Inner shadow and Drop shadow effects as follows.

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So the resulting effect is this.

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Text Layer: Apply bevel and emboss, Inner shadow and Color overlay.

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We end up with the following effect.

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First Copy Text layer: Apply bevel and emboss with Contour.

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Second Copy Text Layer: Bevel and emboss, gradient overlay.

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Topmost text layer: Bevel and emboss with contour.

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Finally we are done!

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Here we have a plastic kids embossed look for our text. We used a few duplicated text layers and some emboss and shadow effects to create this look. You can use this effect in many other ways as well. For starters we can use a photograph of a wall or a building and place the text and effects to create a photo realistic effect.

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